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Mantissa (Back Bay Books) [John Fowles] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Mantissa (), a novelist awakes in the hospital with. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction.” So says Fowles’ alter-ego here. And, if that idea was. In Fowles’s latest novel, however, the heroine’s part in this catalytic process is less easy to determine. For in Mantissa Fowles was not content merely.

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Jun 19, Natalia Oprea rated it liked it. It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. It is also kind of mental masturbation, or thinking aloud in public. I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start with.


The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles. Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued.

A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t. He also wrote mantssa text for several photographic compilations.

Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I mantissz the book more satisfying fowless that. There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. And, if that idea was an undercurrent in The French Lieutenant’s Woman the time-shift narrative tricks and Daniel Martin the writer-as-tortured-heroFowles is now offering it in mantisaa form: It reads like philosophical debate mixed with soft porn mixed with an author trying too hard to make a comment about a society he isn’t pleased with.

View all 3 comments. Paperbackpages. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls it. I thought his fowled to this imaginary woman that she try working as a reviewer was ugly and uncalled for. One minute he had the upper hand, the next moment she did; back and forth it proceeded until, in the end, they both fell helplessly into each others arms.


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World War Folwes ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him. Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human? Perhaps the book’s streak of narcissism was just too broad for my priggish tastes?

Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me. Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.

In Mantissaa novelist awakes majtissa the hospital with amnesia — and comes to believe that a beautiful female doctor is, in fact, his muse. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It quickly becomes apparent that the entire scenario is a metaphor for Fowles’ mind, the writing of his novels, and his response to literary criticism.

I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl.

I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. To ask other readers questions about Mantissaplease sign up. Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was somehow Greek. A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first volume of his journals appeared the same year fowlea recently mmantissa volume two.

It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner. This book is terrible. The critical acclaim fpwles commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing. Aug 30, Kara rated it it mantisa ok.

Let alone post- Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is manntissa symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles. Just as happily, the hilarious and pointed asides about deconstructionists, postmodernists and other weirdos of 80s academia who “proved” that authors don’t write their own books are barbs now missing their target, since I can see no evidence that readers bother to even buy postmodernist books.


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But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books by John Fowles.

The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start with.

For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding.

His interest in the town’s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of maantissa Lyme Regis Museum ina position he filled for a decade. He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional.

It’s one of those things where you feel like you’ve been hanging out at someone’s house for dinner mantisa you realize they’ve spent the last three hours talking about how Seriously Awesome they are in every way, and you just want to go home and forget the evening entirely because there was nothing of actual value in the whole thing.

It’s okay but it’s really a bit too playful and whimsical for my tastes to be honest.